Hurdle 1: Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) | Clearwater Social Security Disability Attorney

The very first hurdle you must meet is whether you are working or not. If you are not working, your meet Hurdle 1 and move to Hurdle 2: The Severity Step.

If your are working and performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), you will not be found disabled regardless of how impaired you might be. The work must be both substantial and gainful. The Social Security regulations define “substantial gainful activity” as significant physical or mental activity. If you can’t do the ordinary or simple task without more supervision or assistance that is normally given, do work that involves minimal duties that make little demand on you, or are of little or no use to an employer, the work is not substantial.

Whether work is gainful is determined by looking at how much you make before taxes each month. If you make more than $900.00 per month gross, that work will be considered gainful by the Social Security Administration and your claim will be denied at Hurdle 1.

If you are not engaged in substantial gainful activity, you have met Hurdle 1. For more information, and for more help with your claim, click here or call 727-894-3188.

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